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100 Inspirational Quotes for Work to Motivate You

Sometimes, staying motivated and focused at work can be difficult and you may feel like you need a push to get through your day.  

If you’re having trouble staying motivated at your workplace this week, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of 100 inspirational quotes for work that could help!  

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“We cannot solve problems with the kind of thinking we employed when we came up with them.”  

Albert Einstein

“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”

George Lorimer 

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.“ 

Alexander Graham Bell

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t you’re right.”  

Henry Ford

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”  


“Failure is not the opposite of success: it’s part of success.”  

Arianna Huffington

“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”  

Steve Jobs

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”

Amelia Earhart 

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” 

Abraham Lincoln

“Learn as if you will live forever, live like you will die tomorrow.” 

Mahatma Gandhi

“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.”

Thomas Carlyle 

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”  

Jim Rohn

“Becoming is better than being.” 

Carol Dweck

“Nothing will work unless you do.” 

Maya Angelou

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.”  

Richard Branson

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”  

Ella Fitzgerald

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”  

Stephen Covey

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” 

Theodore Roosevelt

“Stay away from those people who try to disparage your ambitions. Small minds will always do that, but great minds will give you a feeling that you can become great too.”

Mark Twain 

“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you’re willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.”  

Lou Holtz

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

Thomas Jefferson 

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.” 

Herman Melville 

“The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.”  

Elbert Hubbard

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” 

Theodore Roosevelt

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”  

Ayn Rand

“You can have results or excuses. Not both.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger 

“Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more.”

Maya Angelou 

“When you give joy to other people, you get more joy in return. You should give a good thought to happiness that you can give out.”  

Eleanor Roosevelt

“The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” 

Tricia Cunningham

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”  

Paulo Coelho

“The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.”  

Charles Dickens

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”  

Vince Lombardi

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” 

Nelson Mandela

“Never allow a person to tell you no, who doesn’t have the power to say yes.”

Eleanor Roosevelt 

“You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.”  

Sammy Davis Jr

“It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” 

Henry Ford

“When you change your thoughts, remember to also change your world.”

Norman Vincent Peale 

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”  

Henry David Thoreau

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” 

Thomas Edison

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  

Anne Frank

“Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.” 

Anne Frank

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

George Bernard Shaw 

“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.”  

Michael Jordan

“I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”  

Abraham Lincoln

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” 

Thomas Jefferson

“It is only when we take chances, when our lives improve. The initial and the most difficult risk that we need to take is to become honest.” 

Walter Anderson

“When someone tells me ‘no,’ it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.”  

Karen E. Quinones Miller

“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”  

George Lorimer

“If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six sharpening my axe.” 

Abraham Lincoln

“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”  

Sam Ewing

“What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.”

Ralph Stripey Guy Emerson 

“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”

Mahatma Gandhi 

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act. But a habit.”  


“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”  

Mahatma Gandhi

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.“

Alexander Graham Bell 

“Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”  

Farrah Gray

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

Robert Louis Stevenson 

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”  

Judy Garland

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”  

Theodore Roosevelt

“You are not your resume, you are your work.”  

Seth Godin

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work, one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.“  

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.”

Anita Roddick 

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”  

Jim Rohn

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

Thomas Jefferson 

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”  

Karen Lamb

“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”  

Denis Waitley

“The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.”  

Charles Kingsleigh

“Working hard and working smart sometimes can be two different things.” 

Byron Dorgan

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”  

John F Kennedy

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”  

Edson Arantes do Nascimento

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”  

Dwayne Johnson

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do and damned if you don’t.” 

Eleanor Roosevelt

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” 

Paulo Coelho

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” 

Earl Nightingale

“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”  

Dale Carnegie

“Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.”  

Benjamin Disraeli

“Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.”

Booker T. Washington 

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing; that’s why we recommend it daily.”  

Zig Ziglar

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”  

Newt Gingrich

“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” 

Mark Twain

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”  

Steve Jobs

“It’s not about better time management. It’s about better life management.”

Alexandra of The Productivity Zone 

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” 

Will Rogers

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”  

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” 

Salvador Dali 

“There is no substitute for hard work.”  

Thomas A. Edison

“Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”

Julie Andrews 

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”  

Anne Sweeney

“Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day; they just use it up. The real hero is home because she figured out a faster way.”  

Jason Fried

“The more I want to get something done the less I call it work.”  

Richard Bach

”This is the real secret of life to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”  

Alan Wilson Watts

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  

John Quincy Adams

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”


“Work hard and be kind and amazing things will happen.”  

Conan O’Brien

“Through perseverance, many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.”

Benjamin Disraeli 

“If you are not where you want to be, do not quit. Instead reinvent yourself and change your habits.”  

Eric Thomas

“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”  

Oprah Winfrey

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”  

Robert Collier

“Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.” 

Joseph Barbara

Wrapping Up  

We hope you enjoyed these quotes and that they inspired you to be more productive and work hard. If you did, don’t forget to share them with your coworkers to motivate them as well and help them get through their day.  

For more inspiring quotes, check out our collection of bible verses on stress and healing.

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Dani Rhys
Dani Rhys

Dani Rhys has worked as a writer and editor for over 15 years. She holds a Masters degree in Linguistics and Education, and has also studied Political Science, Ancient History and Literature. She has a wide range of interests ranging from ancient cultures and mythology to Harry Potter and gardening. She works as the chief editor of Symbol Sage but also takes the time to write on topics that interest her.